Words cannot express how much I love Jose Gonzalez! His voice is so gorgeous that it literally transports you into another world when you hear it. I’ve seen him multiple times in concert and whether he plays solo or with his band Junip, he’s amazing! Speaking of Junip, I met Jose Gonzalez after Junip’s fantastic set at the Bowery Ballroom in New York on June 10, 2010 and he was extremely nice. I gushed to him that I’ve seen him many times in concert and he thanked me for my support. If you want some free Junip tracks (and I recommend that you hear them), go to their official website and download their new EP “Rope and Summit.” Thanks again Jose for the great music and for being so nice! See you on your next tour!
On June 10, 2010, Norwegian sensation Hanne Hukkelberg opened for Junip at a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. Her music is hypnotic and can be described as Bjork meets Billie Holliday. Her 9 song opening set was the perfect compliment to Junip’s indie-folk grooves and I enjoyed her performance very much. She often makes music out of “found” instruments and she demonstrated that by using an empty Chock Full O’ Nuts coffee can as a percussive instrument. While listening to her music, I closed my eyes and felt transported to a mystical adventure land. I was not surprised when I discovered that Hanne Hukkelberg donated a song to the “Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” soundtrack. If you are in the New York area, you have another chance to catch Hanne Hukkelberg’s seductive music when she plays at Joe’s Pub on June 19, 2010.
See another picture of Hanne Hukkelberg as well as the set list, after the jump.
Swedish singer Jose Gonzalez resurrected his band Junip and they played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on June 11, 2010. I’ve seen the indie folk singer Jose Gonzalez several times live but usually it’s just him and a guitar. He’s got a voice that is so smooth, when you hear him sing, for that brief moment of time, all is right with the world. Hearing him perform tonight with Junip was heavenly. They have a style that is so intimate, you’d feel like you are at a backyard party watching an amazing band entertain you. They played mostly as yet unreleased songs that will are taken from an upcoming September 2010 release as well as songs from their EP “Rope and Summit,” which is available as a free download on their official site. If you don’t know Junip or Jose Gonzalez’ music, I highly recommend you check it out because I think you’ll become an instant fan. Jose’s solo albums have featured covers of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop,” and The Knife’s “Heartbeats,” and dare I say, his versions are better than the originals, according2g. There was no set list, so perhaps a Junip die-hard can fill us in on the songs played tonight, but I can tell you that they performed a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “the Ghost of Tom Joad,” and a video of that will be forthcoming, so stay tuned. I met Jose Gonzalez after the show as well so stay tuned for a picture from that encounter.
For now, enjoy some more pictures of Jose and Junip after the jump.